Denhamia cunninghamii (Hook.) M.P.Simmons APNI*
Synonyms: Maytenus cunninghamii (Hook.) Loes. APNI*
Catha cunninghamii Hook. APNI*
Celastrus (Cunninghamii) (F.Muell.) Hook. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 4.5 m high.
Leaves linear, narrow-elliptic or oblanceolate, mostly 2–7 cm long, 2–8 mm wide, apex acute or obtuse, often mucronate, base attenuate, margins entire, surfaces glabrous; petiole to 2 mm long.
Flowers solitary or clustered, often on short lateral branches; pedicels 5–10 mm long. Sepals 5, c. 0.7 mm long. Petals 5, c. 1.6 mm long.
Capsule globose or obovoid, 4–6 mm long, yellowish, 2-valved; seed 1, rarely 2, more than half enclosed in aril.
Distribution and occurrence: scattered but widespread, north from the Cocoparra Ra. and west from the upper Hunter Valley.
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and woodland, often in exposed sites
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP
Previously included in the genus Maytenus (refer McKenna et al. 2011. Delimitation of the segregate genera of Maytenus s. l. (Celastraceae) based on morphological and molecular characters. Systematic Botany 36(4): 922-932)
Text by T. A. James (edited B.J. Conn June 2014)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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